October 6th, 2016
I have a new camera. A Panasonic GX8. I’d had my eye on this camera for a while, but hadn’t made up my mind. Then there was a sale going on that was just too good to pass up. I got it from Adorama with a “free” 12-60mm lens that seems just perfect and a $150 gift card, for under $1000. That’s close to half price. It just arrived today, so I can’t say too much, but it is pretty much love at first sight. Everything seems just right. I took this photo just to challenge the sensor with a lot of contrast. This is an unadjusted jpeg right out of the camera. All I did was reduce the size of the file. Pretty impressive. It was shot on program mode with no adjustment to the exposure.
Here’s that same GX8 photo after processing the RAW file in DxO Optics Pro 10 plus a quick run through Photoshop CS6. All the detail is really there in the highlights, as you can see in the crop.
Here’s the new toy sitting beside my battered old Leica M2 because that’s the camera this new one reminds me of…except that the GX8 has much greater capability, instant focusing and exposure, and weighs about half as much as the M2.